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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Offers Funding for Film Festival Grants

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Festival Grant program has awarded a total of $4.4 million to film festivals since 1999. Grants totaling $450,000 were granted to thirty U.S. film festivals in 2010.

Grants are available only to U.S.-based film festivals that have been held on at least five occasions over at least five years. Screening programs, be they periodic screening series or end-of-term student screening programs, are not eligible to apply. Festivals that do not screen films in a theatrical setting also are not eligible to apply.

While the grants are awarded for a variety of programs, film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public.

Grant requests must target one or more concrete elements within the festival. No grants will be awarded for general support. Festivals with a cash budget of less than $100,000 can apply for a grant of up to 10 percent of their cash budget or $2,500, whichever is higher. Festivals with cash budgets from $100,000 to less than $200,000 can apply for a grant of up to $10,000. Festivals with cash budgets from $200,000 to $600,000 can apply for a grant of up to $20,000. Festivals with cash budgets greater than $600,000 can apply for a grant of up to $30,000.

Visit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Web site for complete program guidelines and a list of past film festival grant recipients.

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